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Discovering The Science Secrets Of Sourdough (You Can Help)

Fri, 10/28/2016 - 10:25am

Many bakers treat their sourdough starters like a family heirloom. Some starters date back decades, even centuries. Now researchers want to analyze your starters to unlock their flavor secrets.

Nations Agree To Establish World's Largest Marine Reserve In Antarctica

Fri, 10/28/2016 - 6:49am

At 600,000 square miles, the sanctuary covers an area twice the size of Texas and is known as polar "Garden of Eden." This unanimous agreement is the result of years of negotiations.

The Social Science Research Behind Political Campaign Ads

Fri, 10/28/2016 - 4:03am

U.S. presidential candidates advertise in battleground states to increase voter turnout. But a new study says ads also have a big impact on campaign contributions.

Do Parents Invade Children's Privacy When They Post Photos Online?

Fri, 10/28/2016 - 4:00am

The kids look so darned cute in that photo, it's hard not to post it online for all too see. But there are privacy risks to sharing children's images, and children often don't want the exposure.

This Bird Can Remain Airborne For 10 Months Straight

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 4:38pm

These birds fly from Europe to sub-Saharan Africa, but they don't touch down on the continent. The researchers say new findings raise questions about "when and to what extent swifts need to sleep."

Report Declares Global Wildlife Populations Are Plunging. But It's Complicated

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 2:47pm

The WWF report asserts that wildlife populations have dropped by a startling percentage since 1970. The details and extent of that decline, however, are more complex than any one number can capture.

How Is A 1,600-Year-Old Tree Weathering California's Drought?

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 2:45pm

Four years of too little water is killing millions of trees in the Sierra, yet some giant sequoias still thrive. Tree-climbing scientists are exploring sequoias branch by branch to find their secret.

Researchers Say They've Found A Bit Of Fossilized Dinosaur Brain

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 12:01pm

A small rock might contain tissue from a 130 million-year-old dinosaur brain. If confirmed, it would be the first bit of fossilized dino gray matter ever found.

Is It Still A Placebo When It Works And You Know It's A Placebo?

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 10:20am

Most research on placebos involves people who think they're getting an active treatment, but aren't. But they may also work when people know full well they're getting a sham treatment.

National Science Test Scores Are Out, But What Do They Really Tell Us?

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 3:45am

The results are mixed for fourth-, eighth- and 12th-graders. More than that, though, experts say the nation's report card may be out of step with the latest goals for science learning.

After A Long Day Of Fighting Climate Change, This Grain Is Ready For A Beer

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 3:00pm

Kernza is a kind of grassy wheat that traps more carbon in the soil than crops like wheat and rice. Now, a West Coast brewery is using the grain in its new beer called Long Root Ale.

Zika May Be In The U.S. To Stay

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 2:07pm

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now urges pregnant women to "consider postponing travel to all parts of Miami-Dade County." Zika is on the way to becoming an endemic disease in the U.S.

Settlement Deal Reached In 2014 West Virginia Chemical Spill

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 2:04pm

Residents affected by a leak of coal-washing chemical into the Elk River reached a deal with a chemical company. A class action suit against a water company was set to move forward in federal court.

Mystery Solved: How HIV Came To The U.S.

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 12:02pm

The virus that causes AIDS came to the U.S. from Haiti in the early 1970s, a genetic analysis finds. HIV spread in New York City for years before doctors became aware of it.

'Double Bind' Explains The Dearth Of Women In Top Leadership Positions

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 4:06am

Women in power often have to choose between being seen as likeable but incompetent, or competent but cold. We explore what's known as "double bind" — assumptions about men, women and leadership.

Volkswagen Agrees To $14.7 Billion Settlement In Emissions Cheating Scandal

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 3:23pm

Nearly 500,000 dirty diesel vehicles could be taken off the roads under a settlement approved by a judge in the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal. VW has agreed to pay up to $14.7 billion to resolve claims from consumers and the U.S. government. Customers will be compensated under a VW buyback program, and the company will also pay to offset the pollution caused by the rigged diesel vehicles.

Applying A Silicon Valley Approach To Jumpstart Medical Research

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 3:14pm

Neuroscientist Cori Bargmann is leading the new Chan Zuckerberg Initiative's $3 billion effort to cure or prevent "all diseases" by the end of this century. She talks about that daunting task.

Dental Detectives: What Fossil Teeth Reveal About Ancestral Human Diets

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 11:00am

From the thickness of tooth enamel to the molecular signatures on a tooth left behind by foods eaten by a human, fossil teeth hold many clues to the diets of our ancestors.

Antarctica's Ice Sheets Are Melting Faster — And From Beneath

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 10:01am

Researchers say the ice is melting more quickly than they've ever seen. They think it's because warm water is circulating under the ice shelf, and that the melting process appears to be irreversible.

What's In It For The Corpse Flower To Smell Like Death?

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 6:00am

The corpse flower is a botanical rock star — prized by botanic gardens around the globe. In a new video, NPR's Skunk Bear explores the biology of the stinky giant, which thrives by playing dead.




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